Yogendra Yadav held, freed after 15 hours

Yogendra Yadav held, freed after 15 hours

Yogendra Yadav, leader of farmers’ rights group Swaraj Abhiyan, along with 90 of his supporters was arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday.

However, he was released after 15 hours. The 51-year-old activist-turned-politician, who founded Swaraj Abhiyan along with lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan after being expelled from the AAP earlier this year, said that he was “beaten up and  manhandled” at the police station. Yadav and his supporters were holding a protest at Jantar Mantar for two days, demanding compensation for farmers affected by the land bill as well as those hit by crop loss.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and condemned the police action. “I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendraji by Delhi Police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right,” he tweeted. Yadav was released from Parliament Street police station around 4 pm on Tuesday. According to Delhi Police, it was a preventive arrest as the Yogendra-led group was planning to take out a rally without permission in the high security area.

“Yogendra Yadav and his supporters were arrested as they didn’t have the permission to protest at Jantar Mantar. Although they had put in a request for it, permission was denied. They were disturbing peace as they were adamant on going to RCR (Race Course Road).

Now they have been freed,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Manoj Kumar Meena.

Members of Swaraj Abhiyan, however, said that they were peacefully standing at Jantar Mantar when police came and manhandled Yogendra before arresting him.

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